Saturday, December 30, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW: All the Money in the World

MOVIE REVIEW
All the Money
in the World
Imperative Entertainment
TriStar Pictures
(Running time 133 minutes)
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It was a sensational story 
one that owned worldwide
headlines for months in
1973. A story I remember
vividly from my childhood,
I had to see the big screen
recreation of this epic event
as an adult, on opening day.
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Based on author John Pearson's 1995 bestseller, Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Gettydirector Ridley Scott's much-anticipated feature opened officially nationwide on Christmas day. Boasting an impressive all-star cast, All the Money in the World recounts the gripping story of the 1973 abduction of sixteen-year-old John Paul Getty III, grandson of billionaire oil man J. Paul Getty.

A bona fide thriller, the film reenacts the infamous kidnapping in short order. From there, drama ensues immediately as the Getty family patriarch refuses to pay the Italian mob's 17 million dollar ransom demand, creating non-stop tension between the abductors, the Getty family and the young hostage — all the way through to the closing scenes.

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg
in All the Money in the World.
Award-winning actress Michelle Williams delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Gail Harris Getty, the desperate mother of the kidnapped teen, while acclaimed veteran actor Christopher Plummer is superb as the cold and callous elder Getty. Kudos are also due to Mark Wahlberg in his role as Getty family security "muscle," Fletcher Chase and Charlie Plummer as Getty III.

The film has received high marks for accuracy. However, even for those who followed the story as it played out on nightly news reports back in the day, All the Money in the World still packs plenty of punch and is well worth the journey to your local cineplex during this arctic season.

-Christopher Long
(December 2017)

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